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My 8 year old grandson has a cough that won’t go away.

Q. Dear Terry, “My 8 year old grandson has a cough that won’t go away. He went to the doctor and it isn’t bronchitis or pneumonia. He is constantly coughing and it is keeping him up at night. Do you have any suggestions?” — Lois T., Naples, FL

A. Dear Lois, Because your grandson is already under the care of a doctor, I highly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your grandson’s physician, as they may have additional input.

Thyme and climbing ivy are two botanicals I highly recommend for coughing. Not only do they function as expectorants (help the body to cough out phlegm), but they are also mucolytics (break up congestion). Thyme and ivy are one of the most popular and commonly recommended herbal blends in Europe for dry spasmodic coughs, and due to its overall safety, it is a favorite for treating coughs in children. When taken together, they make a very excellent combination, helping to keep the lungs clear.

I suggest taking a total of 250 mg of these two ingredients several times a day. These same ingredients are also available in a liquid form that is a perfect option for children or anyone who may have difficulty swallowing tablets or capsules.

Additionally, to help stop the coughing attacks at night, I would try a combination of calcium (as calcium lactate), magnesium (as magnesium citrate), and zinc (as zinc gluconate). These minerals can help relax the muscles – keeping spasmodic coughs at bay. I recommend taking 250 mg of calcium lactate, 50 mg of magnesium citrate, and 6 mg of zinc gluconate per day, preferably an hour or two before bedtime.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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